- This is the article about the college football game. For the high school game, see Oil Bowl (high school).
Oil Bowl was a college football bowl game played at Rice Field in Houston, Texas, in 1944, 1946, and 1947. Muddy conditions for the first and freezing temperatures for the third game doomed future contests.
1944: Some consider the New Year's Day bowl Game of 1944 (representing the 1943 season) to have been a College Division/Minor bowl game. Both rosters were made up of varsity players from ranked teams in the 1942 season. This was possible because both schools were participants in the WWII V-12 program. The University of Louisiana-Lafayette team (SLI at the time) for example was composed of over 175 varsity players from other colleges. In these numbers were 18 players from the 19th ranked Rice Owls, 9 players from the 13th ranked LSU Fighting Tigers, and 8 players from eighth ranked Tulsa team of 1942. These players were not all starters for the team, varsity players from other schools made up the majority of the team.
1949: A bowl game by the same name was played as a junior college bowl game.
|Date||Winning Team||Losing Team||Location|
|January 1, 1944||Louisiana-Lafayette||24||Arkansas-Monticello||7||Houston, Texas|
|January 1, 1946||Georgia||20||Tulsa||6||Houston, Texas|
|January 1, 1947||Georgia Tech||41||St. Mary's||19||Houston, Texas|
- Foldesy, Jody. "Bowls burgeon as big business", The Washington Times. December 21, 1997. Page A1.
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